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Hugh Morton, Tar Heel Camera Man, Remembered in Oct. 5 Program at Appalachian State University

haystacks_350Tar Heel Camera Man: Hugh Morton Remembered
Panel Discussion and Gallery Tour
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
2 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.)
RSVP: Liza Terll, UNC Friends of the Library

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North Carolina photographer, videographer, and entrepreneur Hugh Morton rarely ventured forth without a camera in his hand. On Oct. 5, a panel of friends and colleagues will share memories of Morton, who died in 2006 at age 85.

The free public program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, in Boone, N.C. Sports broadcaster Woody Durham, former North Carolina Secretary of Cultural Resources Betty Ray McCain, and retired broadcaster Jack Hilliard will swap stories about Morton, his photography, and his love of North Carolina.

Immediately after the program, attendees can view the exhibition Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective during a reception and gallery tour.

The photographs all come from the Morton archive at the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. The selection highlights both classic and lesser-known Morton works.

As a photographer, Morton was a familiar sight roaming the sidelines at Tar Heel basketball and football games. His photos of Michael Jordan’s slam dunk and UNC’s Bell Tower are iconic. Morton also aimed his lens at the Old North State’s natural beauty and its movers and shakers. In addition, Morton was an astute businessman, promoter of North Carolina tourism, and a conservationist who operated Grandfather Mountain near Linville, N.C., where he built the park’s iconic swinging bridge.

The panel discussion and reception are sponsored by the North Carolina Collection, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Friends of the Library, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

Please RSVP: Liza Terll, UNC Friends of the Library.

Photographs by Hugh Morton will be on exhibit through Jan. 25, 2014.

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